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Leica Opens its First Concept Store in the Region

Leica, the legendary German camera maker, has been making cameras since 1913. Their cameras have been used by the masters, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Robert Capa to Annie Leibovitz. Known for the quality and resilience of its cameras and lenses, Leica cameras are still mostly assembled by hand.

The Leica Store @ Raffles Hotel Arcade is the first of its kind in the region. The store design is an international concept which originated in Germany, with a focus on the signature red and black of the Leica brand. But the Leica Store isn't just a shop, but also has a dedicated in-store gallery space to showcase the work of local and international photographers.

So if you're in the neighborhood during the weekend, here's one more shop to check out.

The Leica Store can be found at the drop-off point in the Raffles Hotel Arcade, facing North Bridge Road.

It's not just a shop, the Leica store features a 'Leica Story' wall with the history of the company and vintage models on display.

Leica enthusiasts will get a kick out of seeing the older models on show.

But it's not just the older models which are here, so are Leica's latest and greatest, including the S2, a DSLR with a sensor that's fifty-six percent larger than full-frame.

The Leica M9 Titan limited edition prototype made a surprise visit and was the star of the opening.

Designed in collaboration with Walter Maria de'Silva, head of the design division at the Volkswagen Group, only 500 of the M9 Titan will be made and sold. All visible metal parts and its lens are made from solid titanium, and leather used for the interiors of Audi premium cars is used for the camera. Retail price? A cool S$38,800.

The Leica store also has an in-store gallery space, and its first exhibition features the work of photographer Yang Yan Kang. His black and white photos focus on the spiritual, and are well worth a look.

Alvin Soon / Associate Features Editor

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